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   Posted 8/29/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
 I have been trying to tie down everything that can blow around. Tomorrow we will load all we can in the van and truck and we will probably bug out of here Sunday. All looks pretty bad for a hit from a hurricane, if not this one, Hanna I think is the next one that will come into the gulf. Its hard to pick through the things we have and decide what we really need to bring. Family pictures, important papers, cloths. The list is mind bogling. Last night we talked about moving away for good. If we lose everything this time it will not be as hard to make that decision. Trouble is, we have been here all our lives and really dont know where to go. Looks like everyone has some sort of disaster. Mud slides, earth quakes, ice storms, dust storms, volcanos. We just want a place where we can live in peace. Very tired of the annual hurricanes that get worse and worse. Also tired of seeing money given to my state for flood control disappear without so much as a ditch being dug. So if I am not around for a while, you guys take care . If you have a suggestion about a wonderful place to live, please pass it on to us. With my wifes cancer and my health troubles, we just want to have some calm for as long as we have left. God bless you, hope to see you when all blows over.
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   Posted 8/29/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
How about Canada??? It's not perfect here but we don't have near the kind of weather you describe (although I friggen HATE winter...snow, ice, ect) and so far our health care system is still somewhat intact LOL!

Best of luck and take best of care...keep in touch when you can!!!

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   Posted 8/29/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck! I'd say Wisconsin, but we've got tornadoes. Sorry!

Bad flare May '06 resulted in CD diagnosis-symptoms for 10 yrs prior.
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Prednisone: 10 mg/day
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   Posted 8/29/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa, just started humira

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   Posted 8/29/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Sniper, stay safe, I hope you guys don't lose any of your belongings either.
If you do end up moving, would recommend the midwest.  The wisconsin/illinois/indiana/ohio area can have snowstorms but most aren't that bad if you aren't close to Lake Michigan (other lake states get tons more snow due to lake-effect snow) and there are tornadoes but those are maybe a couple times a year and the odds of it actually damaging your particular neighborhood are pretty low since they have a small area of destruction when compared to a hurricane!  The best thing is that insurers will cover your losses from a tornado or ice storm, and not try to duck out of responsibility from paying like they do with flood damage and loss.  Don't move next to a river or lake and you're solid.
Southwest would be good too, their disasters are dust storms and drought, and their annoyances are lots of snakes and scorpions and water is expensive.  Nice thing is that other than dust, not many plants to irritate allergies and make health problems more miserable.
Hope you guys find some peace and quiet.

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   Posted 8/29/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Hope you weather the storms alright. I wish we could all move somewhere and leave our crappy health behind. :-)

Thoughts and prayers are with you and Camilla,
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   Posted 8/29/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck to you, Sniper....

And I have to second that vote for the "midwest". My hubby and I are moving back to Missouri next year... Colorado is just too darn expensive, it's too dry, and there isn't any good medical care to be found where we are. St.Louis is home to Barnes Jewish Hospital, one of the leading in the country, and also home to Washington University Physicians, who got my mom safe and sound through stage 3 Breast Cancer. In my opinion, it cannot be beat. Also, the cost of living in Missouri is WAY more bearable! It's beautiful, peaceful, and functional. That's where WE are headed as soon as possible!

Meanwhile, we'll cross our fingers for you and yours!
26f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Currently running on Humira and Hope.
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)

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   Posted 8/29/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry to hear that's happening...
I've lived in East Tennessee most of my life, and we never have any disaster to worry about(except bad drivers).
Best of luck with your move, and I hope you and your family stay well.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.

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   Posted 8/29/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
In prayer. Blessings, Julie
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 11mg/day, Imuran 50mg, Miralax as needed, Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
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   Posted 8/29/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   

I can't even begin to imagine dealing with what you have too right now.  Only our pleasant and safe thoughts are with you and your family.  We can only hope that the forecasters are wrong...yet again.

Be safe and healthy....

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Veronica Ballerina
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   Posted 8/29/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
So sorry about that, I know it is not an option but if it were, imagine live in a place like this. No CD would resist to this, no hurricanes at all. Yeah, unfortunatelly too far from where I live, I have been there once for 10 days, I forgot all my problems!!
Anyway I hope you and you family stay well.

Veronica Nunes - 27 years - Brazil

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   Posted 8/29/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you are getting out now! I went down to Mississippi with my church after Katrita (Katrina-Rita) and is was devastation as far as you could see. Not worth the risk.

I've lived on west and east coasts and like the east better (except the Seattle area is fabulous). I think the mountains of Virginia/West Virginia/Tennessee/Kentucky are relatively disaster free and moderate in climate. But the DC area has excellent hospitals, and we rarely get the full fury of hurricanes. And what a mild summer we have had! So my suggestion is just west of DC (Frederick MD, or the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains are just an hour away). Also Pennsylvania from Lancaster to Harrisburg is very nice although a little colder in the winter than DC.

Hope the storm misses you completely!
Diagnosed early 2007 with rectal Crohn's.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulas with setons.  No other symptoms.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP.

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   Posted 8/29/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
God bless & God speed...

I will miss you lots XXX

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis

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   Posted 8/29/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I will be thinking of you and your wife. Please take care and I hope this one is not too disasterous in your area! Where will you go until all of this calms down? I will truly miss you on here, so please post as soon as you can and let us know how and where you are!

Here on the west coast of Canada is beautiful! All four seasons, except we can get alot of rain.

Take care,
  • 41 yr old farmwife!! and mom of boys 11 and 9
  • resection surgery Feb. 2008
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   Posted 8/29/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
(((hugs))), Sniper and Camilla. It has to be heartbreaking to go thru and make such choices. How does one pack a lifetime in the car? My heart and prayers go out to you.
How about southern OH, northern KY? We'd love to have you in MI but OH and KY would be a little milder weather wise. KY is BEAUTIFUL as is TN!!!! Green rolling hills, trees, fresh running water.
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   Posted 8/29/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm guessing you're in LA, Sniper?  I caught part of the Ray Nagin press conference telling everyone to start making their evacuation plans.  I'm in Houston, and I've started making plans, even though it looks like it's going to come in east of us, just in case.  I evacuated for Rita, and it took me 22 hours to get from Houston to Austin.  (Ordinarily a 3-4 hour trip.)  I can't do that again.  My body just won't take it.  If I leave it will probably be Saturday or Sunday.  Just grab the cat, the lap top, a couple changes of clothes, and get the you-know-what out of Dodge.  I've got plenty of "stuff", but nothing much of financial or sentimental value to worry about.

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   Posted 8/29/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
OK I have to give another prop for the midwest. But I am bias as a native Kansasan, Dogde City really is just down the road. I was out there a couple weeks ago for a wedding. We do have those pesky tornados that have a tendency to wipe small towns off the map and seem to be attracted to my university's

Be safe Sniper!

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   Posted 8/29/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   

I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I have been in Arizona for the past four months and have to say, this is a GREAT state (I live in VA). There aren't really any bad weather problems here. It's a great state to settle down in my opinion. Take care and please keep us posted if you can!


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   Posted 8/29/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Sniper.
I too cant imagine having to pack up all the cherished belongings, where do you start?
Take care and post when you can.
Oh and I have to say Australia has great weather (except the top end has cyclones). Our health care system is free and our meds are reduced by health care cards (although we are a few years behind in getting the meds). Come on Down.

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   Posted 8/29/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
May you keep well and happy and find everything OK on your return. about the safest place to go, I am reminded about the couple who decided that there was going to be war in about 1938 and looked for the safest place on earth to go. They considered everything and finally settled on the perfect spot - Midway Island! That reminds me of a saying, something about the best-laid plans....

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   Posted 8/30/2008 1:56 AM (GMT -7)   

So sorry to hear that!  I was born and bred in Texas (houston) and can remember hurricanes and tornados and the like.

My vote is England!  Move to England if you can.   They have NO weather.  It is always just the same.  I live in the southwest and we don't have hurricanes, tornadoes, or anything like it.  I can't even remember the last time I heard Thunder!  There are no deadly snakes, bees, ants or the like.  There are no mosquitos or roaches.  sounds like heaven I know.  But there are no seasons either.  The health care is 'free' (paid with taxes) and the price of living high, but the joys of living here outweigh all else.  It is just plain beautiful.

Wishing all the best for you and yours.  May your house be untouched, your spirits lifted and your minds set with where to go next.

all the best,


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   Posted 8/30/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper I will definetly keep you, Camilla and your home in my prayers. Please do post when you can so we know you are safe, okay? Has for places to live, I suggest San Diego, CA. I am a native Southern Californian and we do have the best weather in the world. We do have earthquakes in Calif, but the San Diego area has less risks than L.A. or San Francisco. We are a little pricey, but truly a beautiful place to live.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 8/30/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I say move to San Antonio...It's a great place to live..I actually don't live in San Antonio, i am on the outskirts of it...go there all the time though.  Sorry you have to move....

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   Posted 8/30/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper be waiting for your return. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still gail

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   Posted 8/30/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, FallColors, hurricanes can even reach into the appalachians. Camille killed over 150 people in 1969 in Virginia/W. Virginia. Bad time of the year to happen to be camping, btw. IME!
Actually, the most boring weather I've ever experienced is Barstow. Its pretty cool at night, but a searing oven in the daytime. LOL You just takes your chances. I'm Southeast of Dallas & the current storm track brings this one right over me, just like Rita was in Hot Springs. Oh well, far enough inland, should be OK..

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